How Many Children Does Elvis Presley Have?

Find out If the King of Rock 'n' Roll Has Grandchildren

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If you're wondering how many children Elvis Presley had, he has just one daughter, Lisa Marie Presley who was born on February 1, 1968, exactly nine months to the day after her parents married. There are a few illegitimate claims, but none have been proven definitively.

Lisa Marie Presley 

Lisa Marie Presley is the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Her mother was 21 years old when she married Elvis in 1967 in Las Vegas after years of courtship. When Lisa Marie was 6, in 1973, her parents divorced and she lived with her mother. 

After Elvis' death on August 16, 1977, his only daughter Lisa Marie, 9, was joint heir to the estate along with her great-grandmother Minnie Mae Presley and her grandfather Vernon Presley. After they died and she turned 25, she officially inherited the Elvis Presley estate, which was estimated to be worth around $100 million at the time. 

Lisa Marie was heavily involved in the management of the Elvis Presley Trust and Elvis Presley Enterprises throughout the 1990s until 2005 when she sold her majority interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Illegitimate Children Claims

There are several claims that Elvis fathered children with women other than his wife, Priscilla. One claim is Tim Farrel of Jackson, Michigan. His mother came forward after Elvis' death and claimed that the King of Rock 'n' Roll was Tim's father. After years trying to prove it remained fruitless, on her deathbed in 2002, the woman still maintained the claim that Tim was the result of a one-night stand she had with Elvis.'

Another child, born in 1956, Deborah Presley, went to court to have herself named a legal heir of Elvis Presley. Deborah's mother claimed that he was. In court, it was ruled that she was not his daughter. But, then, on appeals, it was ruled that paternity was unclear. Either way, the court ruled she had no claim to his estate. Elvis' will stipulates the estate goes to only children who were born in wedlock.

Desiree Presley was born in 1958 in Alexandria, Louisiana, to Lucy de Barbin, who claimed she had a 24-year affair with Elvis. Her mother published a book, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" chronicling her story.

There are several other illegitimate children claims, including a few from when Elvis was in the Army and stationed in Germany.

Elvis Presley's Grandchildren

Lisa Marie has been married four times. First, to musician Danny Keough in 1988; they divorced in 1994. They had two children: Danielle Riley Keough, born in 1989, and Benjamin Keough, born in 1992. Her daughter, the eldest grandchild of Elvis, goes by her middle name "Riley" and is an actress with roles in films such as "Magic Mike" and "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Second, she was married to pop superstar Michael Jackson in 1994; they divorced in 1996. Next, she married and divorced actor Nicholas Cage after just 108 days in 2002. Neither marriage produced children.

Finally, she married guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood in 2006. In 2008, Presley gave birth to fraternal twin girls, Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood. Twins run on both sides of Presley's family. Her father, Elvis, had a stillborn twin brother, and her mother Priscilla has younger brothers who are twins. In 2016, Presley and Lockwood separated.

Lisa Marie's Career 

Seemingly following her father's love of music, Lisa Marie is an American singer-songwriter. Presley developed a career in the music business and produced three studio albums. The first, "To Whom It May Concern" was released in 2003, it reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold. The second, "Now What" came out in 2005 and reached the No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2012, she released "Storm & Grace," which was produced by 12-time Grammy award-winning producer T Bone Burnett.

Also in 2012, she released "I Love You Because," a duet with her father, Elvis Presley. It was produced from a recording of the song that Elvis made in 1954 combined with Lisa Marie's vocals. From 2012 to 2014, she toured the United States and Australia, including a performance at the Levitt Shell Amphitheater on September 21, 2013, in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Besides music, Lisa Marie is known for her charitable giving. She and Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. raise money for the community with scholarships and low-income housing assistance through the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.